Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

My review – spoiler free

Just like my previous review, this one is probably not fully objective either… And that’s because just like Harry Potter, The Seven Husband of Evelyn Hugo is also one of my favourite books, if not my favourite book ever. I also just found it hard to write a review for this book and express why I love it so much, but I’ve tried. I want everyone to read this book, so my review will be 100% spoiler free!

When I first read this book, back in October 2018, it was super hyped on Instagram and YouTube, so naturally I had to read it. When I went in to this I only knew what the title says, basically. I knew that it was about an actress in the fifties and how she married 7 times. Needless to say, I was so blown away by the story. It was so much deeper than I had expected. And I guess the fact that I was so blown away by the story, made me love it even more.

Now, what did I love about this story?

Let’s start with the characters. I think you can guess there are quite some characters in this book. And I loved how all of the characters were just so flawed. Even though almost all of them are superstars, none of the characters are perfect. But since they are closely followed by the public eye, they all try to be perfect, or at least appear in a perfect way. Which made them even more flawed, and even unlikable in some scenarios.

Evelyn Hugo herself is by far my favourite character. Throughout the book Evelyn herself (as well as the author) tries to persuade you that you shouldn’t care about her and that she is an awful person. But I still cared for her so deeply. With every dumb thing or mistake she was about to make I wanted to protect her, to scream to her that she shouldn’t do that, but of course it doesn’t work that way. I myself could completely relate to how ambitious Evelyn was when she was younger. If she had a goal, she would push through until she reached that goal.

Honestly, I could go on about Evelyn’s character for so much longer, but you’ll just have to read the book for yourself to see why and how I cared so much for her.

I also love this book because it made me feel so many emotions: it made me angry, it made me laugh out loud, but it also made me cry in public. Multiple times. And I knew it was going to do that, since this was a reread, but I still was not prepared for the amount of tears. Even though I was reading this for the second time and I know what would break my heart, I still was not prepared for my heart to break as much as it did.

I just think an author is so talented, if they can make you feel all of those things. It makes your writing so good if you can make me laugh out loud on one page and then make me cry on the next page. It shows that what is written, is believable and really hits your heart. And that only proves that the author has written a masterpiece and that the writing style really worked for the story.

I really just recommend this book to everyone. It has so many surprises and things you wouldn’t expect to be a part of this story. Even reading this book the second time around, I was still surprised so often. Maybe it was because I had just forgotten so many of the smaller side plots, or because I had just overlooked them the first time. I don’t know, but I discovered so many new things rereading this book.

Nevertheless, just read or reread this book please. Thanks.

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